Last minute jitters for statue unveiling

CROWDS of people are expected to gather at Portman Road tomorrow to mark the unveiling of Sir Bobby Robson's statue – but sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn is STILL sweating about whether he will be able to attend.

CROWDS of people are expected to gather at Portman Road tomorrow to mark the unveiling of Sir Bobby Robson's statue – but sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn is STILL sweating about whether he will be able to attend.

As reported in the Evening Star last week, Sean's wife, Hayley, was due to give birth to second their child on Thursday. Despite having contractions on Saturday, there is still no clue as to when Hayley is going to give birth and it is causing a great deal of anxiety in the Hedges-Quinn household.

Sean, known as Coach, said: "Fingers crossed it will all be okay. It will be the proudest moment of my professional and personal life… I just hope I don't have to miss it."

The statue, located opposite the Centre Spot restaurant, will be unveiled at 12.30 tomorrow.


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Sean said: "Everything is in place. I went down on Friday morning to polish it all up to make sure it was all in shape."

"I am a season ticket holder and so is most of my family. I was born and bred in Ipswich and it is a great honour for me to do this."

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The statue represents Robson as he was between 1978 and 1982, a period of unparalleled success for Ipswich Town.

Sean added: "Sir Bobby is very excited about it. He has seen it in its initial stages and was very happy with it. It is quite an accomplishment to have a statue of yourself made in your own lifetime. All his family will be attending."

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